Uniform 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Uniform 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 06, 2019

Graduates: September 27, 2019

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Good morning, Friends and Family of Uniform – 197.

It feels like Uniform Company has barely made it through these last Ø2 weeks with our bodies and minds intact. From classroom instruction to practical knowledge the information doesn’t stop and just add that to our Company Commander’s iron fisted work regiments, it’s a lot to take in. The first weekend after we got picked up by our Company Commanders is a blur but what we do remember is the wee hours of our first days: A loud siren rebounds through every squad bay followed by Chief Resto (one of our two Assistant Company Commanders) coming in on all fours (figuratively) while screaming “FIRE FIRE FIRE” Everyone groaned as they realized that this was their new reality rather than just a bad dream and were torn from our beauty sleep. Our training immediately began before the sun even rose that day. The training that we receive first thing in the morning was nothing short of a cliché. It’s as if the Company Commanders were after our blood more than the many mosquitoes.

After much sweat and many shenanigans we had our first class room instructions. “Addressing Personnel” was our first step in the right direction and it is obvious that we still need practice speaking and acting in a military fashion. Sometimes talking to the Company Commanders feels awkward, almost like a workplace meet and greet. “Petty Officer Stephens, Seaman Recruit ‘Me’ I request to know…” but before you knew it the dust had settled and the notoriously difficult Indoctrination Weekend was almost over. There was a little icing on cake at the end of that weekend, Petty Officer Stephens, our Lead Company Commander gave us a speech reinforcing why this needed to be hard, why we needed to earn every stitch, and when he told us to open our eyes there they were… Our company patches that we would go on to place on our rucksacks to show the regiment that we are Uniform Company. I’m not lying when I say that there were tears shed that night, but this time it wasn’t because of our bodies aching, in pain, or being afraid.

Week 02 kicked off proving to be much more difficult academically than we thought. We are learning about all the things that the Coast Guard takes VERY seriously and it is a very wide spectrum. We learned about Work Life and the resources the Coast Guard provides to us to help us balance things at home and work, educational benefits, and many many more that just help reinforce the many different reasons that we chose to join this service in the first place. We had classes about Moral Decisions, Civil Rights, Sexual Harassment, and it was comforting to know that the Coast Guard intensely enforces their rules to keep us safe. Apart from those classes we have running programs, workouts, and swim classes which is always a breath of fresh air. We call that our “Good Sweat” Then there’s the sweat that we get from our very energized “Thing one and Thing two” Our Assistant Company Commanders BM1 Curry and Chief Resto. We call that “bad sweat”

This is all very new to us, and is extremely difficult but we are going to continue to march forward and get better each day. Until next time.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

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